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Even if you travel without documents, you can apply for refugee status upon your arrival in Switzerland.
To make your first application, you would not need a lawyer, as the State authorities will put you in contact with the specialized humanitarian associations that will guide you through the whole procedure. You might need a lawyer only if, at the end of the administrative procedure, you are not entitled with the refugee status. In this case you will need to lodge a file against the decision to the competent Court.
To find a specialized lawyer you can contact the humanitarian association that guided you through the first part of the procedure: they will certainly be able to suggest who you should contact. With regard to the conditions to meet to be entitled with the refugee status, Switzerland applies the international Geneva Convention on refugee status of 1949.
This provides that Refugees have the right to protection and it is forbidden to send them back to their country if their lives are threatened.
To support your application, you need to prove that, in your State of origin or your last country of residence, you have a serious threat or well-founded fear of being persecuted by reason of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. It is considered a serious threat when a person’s life, physical health or freedom is in danger, or when measures that entail unbearable psychological pressure are inflicted. Specific gender-based motives for fleeing are also taken into consideration.
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